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Johnny Damon

The YANKEES jumped all over the Seattle Mariners, at last, beating them 7-2. (Unfortunately, I did not get to see the game–it wasn’t televised nationally–so this is all second-hand.) They scored five runs in the 2nd inning and two more in the third. They knocked the Mariners’ starting pitcher out of the game after two and a third innings. Hideki Matsui had three hits in five at bats and he scored twice. Derek Jeter had three hits in five at bats and had a run batted in. Matt De Salvo pitched six and two-third innings to pick up his first win. Mariano Rivera pitched the last inning, even though it wasn’t a save situation–I’m glad Joe Torre seems to recognize that Mo needs to get out there more if he’s going to be in shape for the real saves.

In other baseball news:

Barry Bonds 

The GIANTS Lost to the Colorado Rockies 6-2. Barry Zito pitched the first six innings in a disheartening display; it was not his finest hour. He gave up six runs on six hits and walked three batters, losing his fourth game of the season. I’m a little worried about Zito. I still can’t get used to seeing him wearing white rather than the bright green of the Athletics–and I sure can’t get used to seeing him pitch this badly. I wonder how he’s feeling about it?

The METS lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3; this might have been their worst performance so far this season. David Newhan hit his first home run. Three of the Mets relief pitchers gave up a total of eight runs. Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey lost his fifth game.

The A’s lost to the Cleveland Indians 6-3. Pitcher Dallas Braden lost his second game.

Barry Zito as an Athletic


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